Earl Reynolds Obituary

Earl William Reynolds
Earl William Reynolds

November 20, 1942 - January 18, 2021
Born in Torrington, CT
Resided in East Lyme, Connecticut


East Lyme- Earl William Reynolds, 78, beloved husband of Patricia V. Reynolds, of East Lyme, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, January 18, 2021. Earl was born on November 20,1942 in Torrington, CT to Olive and Francis Reynolds.

He graduated from Allegheny College in 1964 where he was a member of Alpha Chi Rho fraternity and the Army ROTC program. He earned his Master’s degree in teaching from the University of Connecticut and began his teaching career with Waterford Public Schools in 1965. He taught Spanish at Waterford High School for 33 years, where he enjoyed interacting with students, chaperoned several trips to Spain through the AFS Intercultural Programs, and served as department chair for the Foreign Language Department. In addition to teaching, he also coached the Waterford High School Girls’ Soccer Team from 1980-1991, where he was affectionately referred to as “Coach Reyn” by the team. He retired from teaching in 1998.

Earl loved spending time fly fishing at the Salmon and Four Mile Rivers in CT and being outdoors with his dog. He was an avid reader and looked forward to completing the New York Times crossword puzzle each day. Earl traveled frequently to visit his family and grandchildren in New York and Virginia, and in his earlier years, enjoyed traveling to Spain with his wife and family.

Earl is survived by his wife of 52 years, Patricia Reynolds, as well as his daughters Valerie J. Harp (Brian) and Lauren E. Hutchison; his grandchildren Jack, Chelsea, Drew, Emmy, and Lily; and his brother John Reynolds (Linda). A celebration of Earl’s life will be planned for a later date this summer.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Waterford High School Parent Scholarship Fund, or Labs4Rescue and are gratefully welcomed Thomas L. Neilan & Sons East Lyme Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. For memorial guestbook, please visit www.neilanfuneralhome.com.




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